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13 years ago, my sister took a feral kitten and brought it home to my parent's. From the very beginning, it was clear that something just wasn't right about this kitten. He never made an attempt to groom himself, he yowled constantly (so much that his name was Mreow, said "MRRRRR"). Even after calming down, he hated people, was indifferent to other cats, but loved the dogs. 

The biggest problem? He peed on everything. Carpet, beds, furniture, laundry, bathmats, you name it, he peed on it. Utterly ruined furniture, and the carpet. Nothing that we tried (and we tried a lot of things) dissuaded him. Eventually, my parents were living with plastic on their furniture (he peed on that, too). In the past year or so, his health had also been declining. I think he had a treatable chronic condition. 

For years, my parents had been threatening to get rid of the cat. They even called a no-kill. It was at this point that I told them that it would be cruel to take the cat to a shelter. Cats that urinate inappropriately just do not get adopted. The kinder thing to do would be to take him to the vet and have him euthanized. 

Well, today I got a text from my dad. He had taken the cat to the vet, and had the cat euthanized. My dad is extremely broken up by this, not necessarily because he liked the cat (no one was bonded with one liked him) but because of the guilt. 

I feel incredibly guilty as well. I know it would have been utter insanity for me to have offered to take this cat. I have 4 cats of my own, 2 of them with special needs. If I had allowed my parent's cat into my home, I can guarantee it just would've started a chain reaction of inappropriate elimination. Everyone would've been miserable. But I can't help but feel like we failed him. 

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